No one ever said renovating a home was easy, especially with so many choices and directions to turn. It's true for designers and homeowners alike: Nailing down a solid plan is hard. Unless you have something exceptionally specific in mind, you can be overwhelmed when picking styles and determining all the things that go with it, such as flooring, paint colors, cabinet styles, furniture, and decor accents.
Gray is one of the hottest home interior colors of the season, and a coastal design is right on trend, incorporating driftwood gray hues with hints of blue. You may also see coastal designs gravitating toward whites, grays, and mid-ranged stained wood grains.
A natural feel is imperative for this design and, once again, hardwood or laminate that looks like wood will pull together the perfect look. This style leans heavily on light, weathered hardwoods that are whitewashed, pickled, blonde maple, ash, or bamboo.
Contemporary design is all about open space, clean lines, and simplicity. This design typically opts for hard surfaces like stone or ceramic tile, bamboo, blonde woods (like maple or ash), and even espresso-colored planks.
Contemporary flooring designs offer a polished look, so high-gloss hardwoods fit right in. If you really like a softer feel on your feet, carpet tile is an option that gives you what you want but still fits the design.
Rustic A rustic design juxtaposes organic textures and shapes with natural warmth. As you may have guessed, rustic, hand-scraped, and distressed hardwoods are a natural fit for this design. Dents and bangs are built right into the wood to give it a worn look.
If you’re looking for more budget friendly rustic flooring ideas, you can also find a wood-look laminate that gets the job done.
Traditional decor creates a cozy and comfortable environment; as such, you’ll want to consider a cushy carpet in neutral tones. You might even choose one with a subtle pattern for additional texture. Gray and taupe carpets are especially popular at the moment. Rich-toned hardwood is also a popular selection within traditional design. Darker-toned woods — such as walnut, mahogany, cherry, and oak — will bring in additional warmth, and a satin or glossy finish will make your floors shine.
The best thing about transitional design? Pretty much anything goes, and because it can be updated indefinitely to reflect what’s trending, it will also last longer.
You can incorporate most types of flooring into a transitional design, and it'll work well — so long as the room is balanced with it. You can stick with hardwood of any style or go with carpet. Tile and vinyl are just as workable in a transitional space. And of course, laminate is always an option, too.
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